The members of the jury are appointed by the Joint Committee on the recommendation of the curator. Both the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin may nominate jury members. The jury members are appointed for two years; their term can be extended by a further year.

The members of the jury should be familiar with cultural life in Berlin, should keep abreast of the most recent developments on the German and international cultural scene, should be actively involved in the current art discourse, and be able to take considered decisions about funding in all areas of the arts that they can subsequently argue for. 


Following the recommendations of the curator, the German Federal Government and the State of Berlin have agreed to appoint the following jury for the Capital Cultural Fund:

Christian Rakow, born 1976 in Rostock, is a theatre critic and co-editor of nachtkritik.de. He studied German and philosophy in Rostock, Sheffield and Berlin and earned his doctorate in literary studies in Münster ("Die Ökonomien des Realismus. Kulturpoetische Untersuchungen zur Literatur und Volkswirtschaftslehre 1850-1900". Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter 2013). As a theatre critic he also writes for Theater heute, among others. He was a member of the jury of the festival "Politik im freien Theater" (2011), a member of the prize jury of the Mülheim Drama Prize (2014) and a member of the jury of the Berlin Theatertreffen (2017–2019). From 2013 to 2021 he was on the planning team of the conference "Theatre und Netz" and was co-responsible for the anthology "Netztheater. Positions, Practice, Productions", edited by Heinrich Böll Foundation and nachtkritik.de, Berlin 2020.

Mathias Hinke was born in Mexico City in 1973. He studied composition at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Art-History and Musicology at Humboldt Universität in Berlin and Physics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has an arts-teaching diploma from Cambridge University. He is married and has four children. 

2015-2016 he held a guest-professorship in the composition department and since the fall of 2016 assisting-professor at the Institute for Experimental Music, UdK Berlin. He has held keynotes on experimental composition at the National Junior College Singapore, Northwestern University, Duke University, the happy new ears-congress Mannheim, Neue klänge Rendsburg and is frequent guest-juror at the Sibelius Academy. Since 2016 he has collaborated with the director Carlos Manuel and with artist Pedro Lasch producing public access works. Hinke has written pieces for the Opera de Bellas Artes Mexiko, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Düsseldorfer Symphony Orchestra, Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Sonar Quartett, KNM Ensemble, NTM Mannheim, MAS Sextett among others. He has been invited to festivals such as Märzmusik Berlin, Gaudeamus Music Festival Netherlands, Kallio new music days Helsinki, Forum Neue Musik Köln.

Dr. Ilgaz Gurur Ertem works internationally as a researcher, lecturer, and curator. Her transdisciplinary research, which crosses the fields of social sciences and dance and performance studies, focuses on the bodily and aesthetic enunciations of the political.

Ertem was a Humanities Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude and a Fellow of the Hannah Arendt Seminar at The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry at the New School. Recently, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Free University. Ertem has served as a jury member for the German Dance Platform 2020 and curated the iDANS Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance in Istanbul between 2006 and 2014. She is the artistic director of Bimeras Berlin gGmbH, a not-for-profit initiative inquiry across the arts, social sciences, and humanities. Her recent publications include: “Care for the Earth, Love of the World: Thinking with Hannah Arendt on Somatic Movement/Dance” ( ed. Mariella Greil, De Gruyter, 2024); “Covid-19 Protests and the Performative Force of Untruth: Some Arendtian Intimations” (Performance Research Journal, 2022);  “The Object of My Inquiry” (Curating Dramaturgies, eds. Peter Eckersall and Bertie Friedman, Routledge, 2021); Bodies of Evidence: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Politics of Movement, (edited with Sandra Noeth, Passagen, 2018).

Ertem offers seminars at Boğaziçi University's Department of Sociology. She is also an internationally registered somatic movement and dance educator.

Jacqueline Nsiah has a Master’s in Visual and Media Anthropology from Freie Universität Berlin and a Bachelor in African Studies and Politics from SOAS – University of London and is a freelance curator. She is part of the selection committee of the Berlinale Competition and Encounters.In addition to work for the Africa Film Festival in Cologne, some of her past roles include the Cambridge African Film Festival and the Festival do Rio. She was co-director and curator of the African film festival UHURU in Rio de Janeiro, and a programmer for Film Africa in London. Jacqueline Nsiah was the project manager for a film platform at the Goethe Institut and was member of the selection committee at Berlinale Forum for the past four editions and co-curated the special programme “Fiktionsbescheinigung”.

Dr Sonja Longolius, born in Gießen in 1978, grew up in Hamburg, has been co-director of the Literaturhaus Berlin with Janika Gelinek since 2018. She studied American Studies and Art History in Hamburg and at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2015, she wrote her dissertation on Paul Auster, Candice Breitz, Sophie Calle and Jonathan Safran Foer. She learnt her trade as an exhibition organiser at the Museum of Modern Art New York and the Stiftung Neue Synagoge Berlin, among others, and curated various exhibitions, e.g. on video art. In 2016, she co-founded medienkunst e.V.

Inga Seidler lives and works as a curator and cultural producer in Berlin. In recent years, she has developed, produced and curated exhibitions, performances, discourse programmes and digital projects. After several years as a curator at the transmediale festival for arts and digital culture, she directed the Web Residency Programme at Akademie Schloss Solitude. As part of the curatorial collective connected to the independent project space ACUD MACHT NEU, she initiated the programme COLLECTIVE PRACTICES, which dealt with questions of collective knowledge production, cultural creation and organising in response to new technologies. Inga Seidler has been a member of several committees for artist in residency programmes and cultural institutions, and recently she was a jury member for the cultural exchange stipends of the Federal State of Berlin. She is currently curating the exhibition programmes of the annual European Media Art Festival at Kunsthalle Osnabrück.